I know I've been quiet lately and for those of you who have missed my posts, I'm sorry.
I loved it when we got together here a couple of times a week and I've really missed you. So much has happened and so much is still unfolding. One thing I know for sure is that my life is anything but boring right now - somewhat uncertain yes, but boring? Certainly not.
You might want to get comfy - I have a lot to share - this could take awhile.
Over the past three years I've been experiencing some mysterious health issues that pretty much has had every doctor I've seen stumped. After going from doctor to doctor here locally, I spent a week at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. After five days of shocks and pokes, MRI's, a spinal tap, and more vials of blood drawn than I can even count, my neurologists released me saying I was a difficult case and they didn't know what was causing me to loose sensation in my feet and legs.
:The good news is that they were pretty sure they could rule out a boat load of scary stuff that nobody wants to have.
:The bad news is they just couldn't figure out what is causing my symptoms.
For the past three months Bill has been driving me to Los Angeles to USC for more shocks and pokes, MRI's, spinal taps, and blood draws. Hopefully the good doctors there will see something that has been previously missed. To say all of this has zapped by strength and tapped into my glitter reserve would be an understatement. This positive thinking gal who takes care of herself, eats right, gets plenty of sleep, and exercises daily is ready for a diagnoses and a magic glitter pill to make it all better.
About six months ago I started thinking about how nice it would be to live closer to our son and his family in Kansas. Not knowing what the outcome of all these tests would be, I just thought living near family would be good for Bill and easier for Bryan if we needed his help. So after several trips back to Overland Park, Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City) we found a beautiful lakefront home within walking distance of our kid's house. We'll be able to have them over for dinner, go to church together, call them when the cookies are hot out of the oven and watch the kids play soccer. A dream come true.
:The good news is we are moving close to our kids.
:The bad news is we are selling our home and leaving Bakersfield.
Then there was this little thing called Strawberry Patches. After 31 years I just felt it was time to retire the old gal. It's been absolutely wonderful and the memories and friendships we've made over those years...I could write a book (and maybe I will), but the timing of my lease being up and not knowing what my future health-wise would be, I just knew it was time.
:The good news is, starting May 5th at 10:00, we are having a store wide liquidation sale (details to follow).
:The bad news is Strawberry Patches will be closing forever at the end of June.
I've always said I wanted to live my life without regret. Happily I took that leap of faith back in 1985 and started a quilt shop when I honestly knew little about running a business. It's because of Strawberry Patches that I've met you all and I wouldn't change that for the world. I can't help but believe this is exactly where I am suppose to be right now. I do trust in God's timing and His plan for me even when it sometimes seems overwhelming and a bit scary.
:The good news is that we have the Internet and will stay in touch.
:The bad? I prefer to just focus on the good.
Encourage one another,
PS Don't forget the glitter